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Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.

As a veteran, I am honored to serve our heroes as ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. My responsibilities as ranking member include management of our national cemeteries, reforming the claim appeals process, and reviewing the quality and training methods of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. 

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More on Veterans

February 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI) program. The Veteran Families Financial Support Act would reform the S-DVI program so that service-connected disabled veterans could receive up to $40,000 of insurance coverage and veterans under the age of 45 with service-connected disabilities would be able to receive coverage through the VA, even if they had been previously denied coverage by private insurance providers.

January 8, 2020 In The News

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January 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump recently signed into law the bipartisan Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act, which was introduced by Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL), Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), and Jim Banks (R-IN). The bill requires the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Suicide Prevention Coordinators in order to address the troubling uptick in veteran suicides.

November 14, 2019 In The News

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In Du Quoin, the keynoter was U.S. Marine and congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro, who took the podium to the rousing strains of the Marine's Hymn.

He spoke of the first Veterans Day, or Armistice Day, as it was called 101 years ago, when people still held out hope that World War I truly would be the "war to end all wars."

November 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) today introduced the bipartisan World War II Pacific War Heroes Congressional Gold Medal Act to award Congress’ highest civilian honor to American prisoners of war who fought Imperial Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

November 10, 2019 In The News

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A few years back, a Southern Illinois veteran named “Lieutenant Dan” — yes, just like the movie — gave me a red and yellow woven bracelet. It represented the colors of the Marine Corps. He had one simple request: that when I wear it, I remember for whom I work.

November 4, 2019 In The News

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is "severely" short of nurses, psychiatrists, police and human resources staff.

VA watchdog agencies, the Office of the Inspector General and Government Accountability Office, said in recent reports that a lack of these employees is a "root cause" of patient problems and major VA hiring and retention challenges "hamper VA's ability to effectively serve veterans."

October 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform hiring for human resources positions at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. The VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance (HELP) Act, introduced with Representative Joe Cunningham (D-SC), instructs the VA to establish qualifications for each HR position within the VHA and establish standardized performance metrics similar to the private sector. HR departments at the VA currently have no such requirements.

September 30, 2019 In The News

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U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to designate the Illinois Air National Guard 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base as a Center of Excellence for KC-135R maintenance operations.

September 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Reps. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) to extend funding for several critical Department of Veterans Affairs programs, including financial assistance for supportive services for low-income veterans and allowances for transportation for veterans in rural areas. The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act, which passed the House by a 417-1 margin, extends these programs for one year so that vulnerable veterans do not see a gap in support.